IJC Draft Assessment of Progress

Thank you for your comments. The comment period closed on April 15, 2017.

The International Joint Commission will prepare a synthesis of public comment for the governments of Canada and the United States and will also consider your views for its own assessment of progress made by the governments under the 2012 Agreement.

Thank you for your comments. The comment period closed on April 15, 2017.

The International Joint Commission will prepare a synthesis of public comment for the governments of Canada and the United States and will also consider your views for its own assessment of progress made by the governments under the 2012 Agreement.

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  • Process & Deadlines

    about 1 month ago

    Tell us what you think of the Governments' efforts to institutionalizing processes and procedures and meeting deadlines for initial Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement commitments.

    • How do you benefit or could you benefit from these processes and procedures?

    • What principles and approaches from the GLWQA could be better institutionalized in the next work cycle?

    • What new deadlines should be set for work in the next triennial cycle(s)?
    FINDING in IJC's TAP report (page 69):  The Parties have made considerable progress institutionalizing processes and procedures and meeting deadlines for initial Agreement commitments and are to be congratulated for having established in...Read more

    Tell us what you think of the Governments' efforts to institutionalizing processes and procedures and meeting deadlines for initial Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement commitments.

    • How do you benefit or could you benefit from these processes and procedures?

    • What principles and approaches from the GLWQA could be better institutionalized in the next work cycle?

    • What new deadlines should be set for work in the next triennial cycle(s)?
    FINDING in IJC's TAP report (page 69):  The Parties have made considerable progress institutionalizing processes and procedures and meeting deadlines for initial Agreement commitments and are to be congratulated for having established in only three years mechanisms by which the new Agreement can be implemented.
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  • Pollutants

    about 1 month ago

    Tell us whether pollutants in the Great Lakes are of particular concern to you.

    • Do you agree with this finding below regarding the progress on chemicals of mutual concern?

    • How can the Parties improve their processes to designate chemicals of mutual concern and develop binational strategies for their control and/or elimination or generally increase their progress toward achieving the pollutants objective?
    FINDING in IJC's TAP report (page 70):  There has been little progress in the identification of chemicals of mutual concern and no publicly available progress in the development and implementation of binational...Read more

    Tell us whether pollutants in the Great Lakes are of particular concern to you.

    • Do you agree with this finding below regarding the progress on chemicals of mutual concern?

    • How can the Parties improve their processes to designate chemicals of mutual concern and develop binational strategies for their control and/or elimination or generally increase their progress toward achieving the pollutants objective?
    FINDING in IJC's TAP report (page 70):  There has been little progress in the identification of chemicals of mutual concern and no publicly available progress in the development and implementation of binational strategies to address them. 

    Commitments by the Governments of Canada and the United States can be found in Annex 3 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
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  • Nutrients

    about 2 months ago
    Tell us whether nutrients in the Great Lakes are of particular concern to you.

    • Do you agree with the finding below regarding the progress on nutrients?

    • What are other steps could the Parties take to remedy degraded water quality in western and central Lake Erie?

    • Are there other actions the Parties should take to address nutrients in the Great Lakes? 
    FINDING in IJC's TAP report (page 71):  The water quality of western and central Lake Erie is unacceptable. New mandatory protections should supplement voluntary initiatives to reduce phosphorus loadings. 

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    Tell us whether nutrients in the Great Lakes are of particular concern to you.

    • Do you agree with the finding below regarding the progress on nutrients?

    • What are other steps could the Parties take to remedy degraded water quality in western and central Lake Erie?

    • Are there other actions the Parties should take to address nutrients in the Great Lakes? 
    FINDING in IJC's TAP report (page 71):  The water quality of western and central Lake Erie is unacceptable. New mandatory protections should supplement voluntary initiatives to reduce phosphorus loadings. 

    Commitments by the Governments of Canada and the United States can be found in Annex 4 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
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  • Tell us how the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) concerns you. 

    • Has the 2012 GLWQA affected you?

    • What was the most notable achievement of governments in the first three years of Agreement implementation?

    • What advice should the IJC give the Parties about how binational cooperation on Great Lakes issues can be maintained and expanded? 
    FINDING in IJC's TAP report (page 68):  The 2012 GLWQA galvanized new energies, activity and binational cooperation over a larger span of issues than were being actively addressed under previous versions of the Agreement. The Parties are...Read more

    Tell us how the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) concerns you. 

    • Has the 2012 GLWQA affected you?

    • What was the most notable achievement of governments in the first three years of Agreement implementation?

    • What advice should the IJC give the Parties about how binational cooperation on Great Lakes issues can be maintained and expanded? 
    FINDING in IJC's TAP report (page 68):  The 2012 GLWQA galvanized new energies, activity and binational cooperation over a larger span of issues than were being actively addressed under previous versions of the Agreement. The Parties are to be commended for authoring the new GLWQA, for giving it momentum and – for harmonizing implementation activities amongst not just two countries, but eight states and two provinces. The Commission salutes the Parties for this accomplishment.
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  • Invasive Species

    2 months ago
    Tell us whether invasive species are of particular concern to you. 

    • How could the Parties better harmonize permitting, remove administrative barriers and adopt an integrated approach to AIS management?
    • Are there other ways the parties could improve their binational approach to invasive species?

    • Do you agree with this finding of successes and gaps in the Parties’ progress toward the achievement of this objective? (see IJC's finding below)

    FINDING in IJC's TAP report (page 71): There has been significant progress in preventing the introduction of AIS to the Great Lakes. The spread of previously introduced...Read more

    Tell us whether invasive species are of particular concern to you. 

    • How could the Parties better harmonize permitting, remove administrative barriers and adopt an integrated approach to AIS management?
    • Are there other ways the parties could improve their binational approach to invasive species?

    • Do you agree with this finding of successes and gaps in the Parties’ progress toward the achievement of this objective? (see IJC's finding below)

    FINDING in IJC's TAP report (page 71): There has been significant progress in preventing the introduction of AIS to the Great Lakes. The spread of previously introduced invasive species is a major concern. Further progress on AIS prevention and control could be enhanced by improving long term program funding mechanisms, reaching agreements on permitting the use of all types of control measures across jurisdictions and requiring ballast water exchange and flushing in addition to discharge treatment.

    Commitments by the Governments of Canada and the United States can be found in Annex 6 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
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  • Human Health

    2 months ago
    Tell us whether human health is of particular concern to you. 

    • Do you agree with this finding regarding lack of demonstrated progress toward achievement of the human health objectives and the need for greater binational focus?

    • What advice should the IJC give the Parties on how to increase the binational focus on human health?

    • What issues should the Parties address as a priority under an increased binational focus on human health?
    FINDING in IJC's TAP report (page 69): The Parties have not demonstrated sufficient progress toward the achievement of the human...Read more

    Tell us whether human health is of particular concern to you. 

    • Do you agree with this finding regarding lack of demonstrated progress toward achievement of the human health objectives and the need for greater binational focus?

    • What advice should the IJC give the Parties on how to increase the binational focus on human health?

    • What issues should the Parties address as a priority under an increased binational focus on human health?
    FINDING in IJC's TAP report (page 69): The Parties have not demonstrated sufficient progress toward the achievement of the human health objectives in their implementation of the GLWQA. Greater binational focus is required for the achievement of the GLWQA’s drinkability, swimmability and fishability objectives. 
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  • Climate Change

    4 months ago
    Tell us whether any potential climate change impacts are of particular concern to you. 

    • What additional actions should governments and communities take to better adapt to climate change?

    • Do you support the WQB’s recommendation that the Parties, working cooperatively with others, demonstrate global leadership in the development of a binational approach to climate change adaptation and resilience for the Great Lakes and also that a vulnerability assessment should be conducted?

    • What additional actions should Great Lakes governments and communities take to better adapt to and improve resiliency in the face of climate change impacts?

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    Tell us whether any potential climate change impacts are of particular concern to you. 

    • What additional actions should governments and communities take to better adapt to climate change?

    • Do you support the WQB’s recommendation that the Parties, working cooperatively with others, demonstrate global leadership in the development of a binational approach to climate change adaptation and resilience for the Great Lakes and also that a vulnerability assessment should be conducted?

    • What additional actions should Great Lakes governments and communities take to better adapt to and improve resiliency in the face of climate change impacts?

    Commitments by the Governments of Canada and the United States can be found in Annex 9 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

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  • How can the governments and the IJC improve public engagement in Agreement activities, particularly to engage communities that have not traditionally been engaged?

    How can the governments and the IJC improve public engagement in Agreement activities, particularly to engage communities that have not traditionally been engaged?

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